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Last Updated on January 5, 2018

12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

12 Quick And Safe Ways To Get Rid Of A Stye

Styes are irritating and painful and every person suffering from one of these red bumps on the eyelid quickly searches for a treatment to take it away safely and fast. It is important that any treatment you try is safe, as styes are so close to the eye. Avoid anything that doesn’t seem safe, no matter how effective it sounds. Your eyesight is worth a thousand styes. These bumps are usually caused either by stress or when an oil gland becomes clogged with excess oil, dirt and/or bacteria. With this in mind, the first thing to do is keep your face clean and do not apply makeup until the stye is gone. You may even want to replace your eye makeup in case any forms of bacteria are lingering on the brushes. Here are 12 safe and effective ways to get rid of a stye that you can try at home. (Remember, even though these are safe to try, always avoid direct contact with the eye.)

1. Tea Bags

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    Soaking a washcloth in warm water and applying it over the eyes has been the most often repeated remedy for a stye, but why not add the antioxidants of tea to make it more effective? You can use green tea or black tea for this treatment and since everyone has tea at home, you will not have to go out to buy any ingredients.

    1. Boil water and let it cool until you can handle it on your skin
    2. Dip your teabag of choice into the water and apply to the affected eyelid
    3. Hold the teabag against the eyelid firmly for 10 minutes
    4. Repeat 5 times per day

    2. Coconut Oil

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      Although coconut oil has turned into a beauty and health trend, and everyone has heard about it too much over the past couple of years, it is still an effective treatment for skin issues such as styes. This oil is antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It will help to heal your stye and also reduce the pain.

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      1. Put a half cup of coconut oil into a clean container (this is to keep it separate from the rest of the oil – if you use it for cooking, you certainly don’t want to mix it with anything you apply to your stye)
      2. Wash your hands and face (including the stye) and once everything is dry, apply a small amount of oil to the stye
      3. Let it sit and sink in – do not wash it off
      4. Repeat as many times as you can, but give the oil time to sink into the skin between repetitions

      3. Chamomile Leaves

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        If you have loose leaf chamomile tea at home, you can try this remedy. If you want to try the chamomile leaves but don’t have any and don’t feel comfortable going out with a stye, you can use a regular chamomile tea bag instead.

        1. Mix 1 teaspoon of chamomile leaves in a cup of hot water (herbal tea should not be added to boiling water)
        2. Let it sit for 15 minutes and strain
        3. Take a clean washcloth and dip a corner into the tea water
        4. Apply to the stye area until the cloth is dry
        5. Repeat, using a different area of the cloth as many times as you like
        6. Do not re-use any part of the cloth that has touched the stye

        4. Turmeric

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          This spice does not only add color and flavor to recipes, but it also takes away inflammation to skin problems such as styes. Turmeric has been used as a healing spice for many years, and it is a very effective and safe way to get rid of a stye. If your stye is too close to your eye to use the paste comfortably, you can make a tea out of the powder instead.

          1. Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with enough water, coconut oil or castor oil to make a paste
          2. Wash your hands, clean the stye with warm water and wash hands again
          3. Apply the paste to the stye area and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water
          4. Repeat up to 4 times per day
          5. Or mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric into 1 cup of hot water and make sure it is cool enough to touch on skin
          6. Dip the corner of a clean washcloth into the mixture and apply to the stye area until it is dry
          7. Repeat, using a clean area of the cloth up to 5 times per day

          5. Apple Cider Vinegar

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            If you want to try this stye treatment, any apple cider vinagar will do, but the best choice is Bragg’s, organic apple cider vinegar. ACV is known for being antibacterial and antiseptic, which will help your stye to heal faster.

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            1. Mix 1 part ACV with 2 parts filtered or cooled, boiled water
            2. Put in fridge to cool for 3 hours
            3. Apply to the stye area using a clean cloth or makeup pad
            4. Hold on the stye until the cloth or pad is dry
            5. Repeat up to 5 times per day

            6. Tea Tree Oil

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              Tea tree oil is a very powerful essential oil that has helped many people to eliminate all kinds of skin and fungal issues. This oil will also get rid of a stye, and it can be used on its own or as an addition to any other treatment on this list. If you don’t have tea tree oil at home, this one is worth going out for, even with a stye.

              1. Mix 1 teaspoon of 100% natural and pure tea tree oil with 2 tablespoons of filtered or cooled, boiled water
              2. Place in fridge to cool for 2 to 3 hours
              3. Using a clean cloth or makeup pad, apply to the stye area and let it sink into the skin
              4. Repeat 3 times per day
              5. If you want to try other remedies on this list along with tea tree oil, just add a few drops of the oil to any other solution

              7. Coriander Seeds

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                Using this spice properly will help to reduce swelling and help your stye to heal faster. It is recommended that you use this treatment along with at least one other on this list, such as a warm compress or tea bags.

                1. Add 1 tablepoon of coriander seeds to 2 cups of water and bring to a boil
                2. Take off the heat and let the seeds soak for an additional 30 minutes
                3. Strain and let the water cool
                4. Apply to the stye area with a clean cloth up to 3 times per day

                8. Salt

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                  Salt has healing properties that will help your stye to go away faster. It will also reduce any pus that has gathered in the stye, which will cause the swelling to go down. You can use any type of salt, but Himalayan or sea salt are the best choices.

                  1. Mix 1 teaspoon of ground salt into 1 cup of filtered water and stir well
                  2. Dip a clean cloth into the water and gently apply to the stye
                  3. Repeat every couple of hours

                  9. Aloe Vera

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                    The aloe vera plant has many healing properties and is used to help sunburns, heal cuts and wounds and is also an effective treatment for styes. This plant is antibacterial and will reduce swelling and redness brought on by a stye. It is best to take the gel straight from an aloe plant, but if you only have access to bottled gel, you can use that as well.

                    1. Squeeze the gel out of an aloe leaf into a clean container
                    2. Apply a small amount of the gel directly to the stye
                    3. Let it sit and sink into the skin
                    4. Repeat up to 4 times per day

                    10. Homemade Antibacterial Cream

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                      There are many natural ingredients that are full of antibactierial, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Some of these are mentioned individually here, but you can also combine a few of them together to make a powerful, antibacterial cream for your face. you can apply this both as a preventative measure and as a treatment for styes.

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                      1. In a bowl, combine a half cup of coconut oil and a half cup of either olive oil or jojoba oil
                      2. Add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil and an optional 5 drops of lavendar oil for added benefits
                      3. Mix together, then add a binding agent such as arrowroot powder or beeswax until the mixture forms a cream-like texture
                      4. To use it as a preventative measure, apply this to the face a couple of times a week
                      5. To treat a stye, apply it to the affected area 3 times per day and let it sink into the skin

                      11. Oil of Oregeno

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                        Depending on the cause of the stye, it may keep coming back, even long after it goes away. Some people have experienced recurring styes for years. The reason for this is usually an infection that needs antibiotics to go away. If you are looking for a natural antibiotic, studies have shown oil of oregano to be as powerful and in some cases, even more powerful than medical antibiotics. This oil will not kill off good bacteria like the other antibiotics do, and it is safe to take.

                        1. Adults, put 3 drops of oil of orgeno under the tongue and hold it there as long as you can (up to 5 minutes) before swallowing
                        2. Repeat 3 times per day until the stye is gone
                        3. Alternatively, you can add 3 drops into a tablespoon of water and swallow

                        12. Warm Compress

                        stye compress

                          As mentioned before, warm compresses are the most widely used treatment for styes. It is the safest and easiest way to get rid of a stye, so if you don’t have the time or the energy to put together the other remedies, you an try this one. The warm water will help to reduce the swelling and your stye should heal in 4 days at most.

                          1. Heat filtered water by a stove or a kettle until it is warm
                          2. Soak a clean washcloth in the water and wring out excess water
                          3. Put the cloth over your eyes and relax for a few minutes
                          4. Repeat as many times as you like

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                          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                          10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

                          A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

                          Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

                          1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

                          Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

                          If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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                          2. You put the cart before the horse.

                          “Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

                          3. You don’t believe in yourself.

                          A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

                          4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

                          The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

                          5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

                          If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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                          6. You don’t enjoy the process.

                          Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

                          The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

                          7. You’re trying too hard.

                          Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

                          8. You don’t track your progress.

                          Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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                          9. You have no social support.

                          It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

                          10. You know your what but not your why.

                          The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

                          Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

                          Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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                          Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

                          Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

                          Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

                          • The more specific you can make your goal,
                          • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
                          • The more encouraged you’ll be,
                          • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

                          I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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